Monitoring and Treatment of Cardiac Side Effects Associated with the use of Second-Generation Antipsychotics (SGAs)

Expiry Date
: 01/09/2024
CPD Units
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This review highlights the various cardiac side effects of SGAs, and explains how to diagnose and manage these effects in a way which ensures optimal therapeutic outcomes for the patient.

Keywords: Second generation antipsychotics, side-effects, management, monitor, cardiac

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Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to enable practitioners to improve their knowledge of how to prevent, monitor and manage cardiac side effects of SGAs.

Editor's comments:
The correct monitoring and management of side effects prevents non-compliance in patients, and it ensures better patient outcomes. It should be understood that it is just as important as the actual management of schizophrenia.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The incidence of cardiac side effects
  2. Understand how to monitor and manage tachycardia
  3. Understand how to monitor and manage QT-interval prolongation
  4. Understand how to monitor and manage myocarditis
  5. Understand how to monitor and manage dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  6. Understand when and how to discontinue and reinitiate antipsychotics.

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